We all love the smooth feel of our skin right after a shave, but the feeling is short lived as hair usually comes back fairly quickly. Toss the razors, get rid of hair, and keep it off permanently with laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is one of the most well-known aesthetic treatments performed at medspas all across the country. It’s a popular treatment because it is fast, efficient, and gets clients the smooth, hair-free skin they’re looking for. But how does it work, and what are the benefits? Here’s everything you need to know beforehand!
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
As the name suggests, Laser hair removal is a popular treatment that uses lasers to remove unwanted hair. The lasers emit energy that penetrates the skin and damages the hair follicle. This not only eliminates unwanted hair, but also prevents the hair from growing back anywhere in the treated area.
What Can I Expect Before & After Treatment?
Laser hair removal is a powerful treatment. To get the most out of it and avoid any negative effects, there are some things you need to know for both beforehand.
Before Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment
To prepare for your laser hair removal appointment, be sure to shave beforehand. This allows for the technician to have better control and precision during the appointment. Additionally, to minimize any irritation, try to shave more than 24 hours in advance. Similarly, in the two weeks leading up to your treatment, it is also recommended to avoid any Botox injections, dermal filler injections, microdermabrasion, waxing, tweezing, epilation or chemical peels/depilatories. Don’t use any topical products that can increase photosensitivity such as hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, retinols, benzoyl peroxide, and others in the treatment areas for three days before treatment. Also avoid sun exposure as much as possible and wear at least 30 SPF when it’s unavoidable. Apart from that, just make sure to arrive at your appointment without any fragrances, oils, lotions, or creams on your skin at or around the treatment area as it could interfere with the treatment.
If you notice redness, bumps, or slight swelling after your laser hair removal appointment, don’t stress. It’s completely normal. Just make sure to avoid sun exposure and be very gentle when cleaning or drying the treated area. Patting only! In fact, avoid anything that could potentially rough on the skin (including, but certainly not limited to picking, itching, waxing, tweezing) as skin in the treated area will be especially sensitive. If you start to notice stubble anywhere from about 5 to 30 days after your treatment, it’s not that the procedure didn’t work. On the contrary, those are dead hairs making their way out of your skin. No action other than waiting is required, but if you’d like to help speed up the process, try gently exfoliating the area to coax the dead hairs out faster.
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